Texas Trust Credit Union hosts Financial Reality Fair

ARLINGTON, TX (December 18, 2018) — For 250 high school students, a day at the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts provided a glimpse into their post-school financial lives.

They attended the Texas Trust Credit Union-sponsored Financial Reality Fair, a day-long learning experience in how to handle their finances once they enter the job market.

Students from Ben Barber Innovation Academy and the Phoenix Academy in the Mansfield school district began their financial journey by being assigned a career and annual salary to use as the basis of their decisions. Students then visited various stations to talk with advisors and make decisions on how they would spend their earnings.

Students “paid” for purchases such as cars, food, and utilities, and learned how to plan for unexpected emergencies such as the need for new car tires or the cost of a sick pet. At the end of their journey, students reviewed and assessed how they finished financially.

One student commented, “You can’t always get what you want, you have to budget for what you need. You have to pay your bills on time and build your credit even if that means you don’t get everything you want.”

Nancy Kojder, financial math teacher at the Ben Barber Innovation Academy, said, “These students are getting the opportunity to find out the difference between their needs and their wants. By attending the fair, we hope they can see how real-world math can affect the decisions that they make about how to spend their money.”

Texas Trust also hosted a panel where local professionals, including Texas Trust President and CEO Jim Minge and Senior Vice President of Accounting, Peggy Esparza, offered career and financial advice for the students as they prepare to graduate. Students had the chance to ask questions and interact directly with panel members.

Washima Huq, Texas Trust Business and Community Engagement Partner, summed up the objective of the Financial Reality Fair by saying, “Our overall mission is to help build brighter financial futures for these students. This experience gives them a place to start as they begin making important decisions. And, we want them to know we are here for them, now and in the future.”

About Texas Trust Credit Union

Texas Trust Credit Union has been helping build brighter financial futures since its modest beginning in 1936. Today, the full-service credit union serves more than 137,000 members. With assets of more than $2 billion, Texas Trust is the 7th largest credit union in North Texas and the 18th largest in Texas. With a focus on the community, Texas Trust is creating a legacy of giving through generous financial donations that support local school programs and activities, non-profit organizations, and student scholarships; and by providing volunteer resources through its Community Unity team, which supports scores of charitable events each year.


Kristine Tanzillo
Dux Public Relations

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